Thursday, March 27, 2014

Helsinki Photography Biennial 2014

Ecological Fallacy + Objects on Oil. A series of events on photo/lens based contemporary art, organized every two years in spring by the Union of Artist Photographers in Finland. The theme of this edition examines causal relations regarding ecological in 19 different projects. The title refers to the term ecological fallacy in statistics.
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The biennial is curated by Başak Şenova, a curator and designer based in Istanbul. Furthermore, Başak Senova has invited Branko Franceschi (Zagreb) to co-curate a special section for the biennial. 

Helsinki Photography Biennial is a series of events on photo/lens-based contemporary art that opens March 27 in Helsinki. The biennial features contemporary art from Finland and beyond, and is organized every two years in the spring. HPB14 is produced by Union of Artist Photographers / Photographic Gallery Hippolyte in collaboration with The Finnish Museum of Photography. 

Ecological Fallacy 
The title of the biennial, Ecological Fallacy, refers to the term ecological fallacy in statistics. It is a logical error or a mistaken assumption in the interpretation of statistical data. Derived from this analogy, the biennial questions analogous errors and assumptions, which are deliberately and systematically made by the ruling powers that violate the ecological balance of the world. In this context, Basak Senova's curatorial framework addresses fallacies of ecological knowledge and fosters collaborative connections between ecological data and photography-based archives. The biennial seeks correlated artistic approaches and perspectives as a way of producing and processing evident critical, social and cultural discourses on these fallacies. It serves as the suture that draws the accumulated data about fallacies on ecology into visual evidences and lens-based realities. The Ecological Fallacy exhibition features 19 projects from artists around the globe. 

Helsinki Photography Biennial is honored to present 19 projects by the following artists: 

Ali Cherri (Beirut/Paris) 
Barbaros Kayan (Istanbul) 
Braco Dimitrijević (Paris) 
Daniel García Andújar (Barcelona) 
Hana Miletic (Zagreb/Brussels) 
Jawad Al Malhi (East Jerusalem) 
Jesper Just (New York) 
Marja Helander (Helsinki) 
Mary McIntyre (Belfast) 
Oliver Ressler (Wien) 
Olof Jarlbro (Helsingborg/Sofia) 
Raqs Media Collective (New Delhi) 
Serkan Taycan (Istanbul/Helsinki) 
Société Réaliste (Paris) 
Tamás Dezső (Budapest) 
Tomislav Gotovac (Zagreb) 
Tuula Närhinen (Helsinki) 
Willie Doherty (Donegal/Derry) 
Yane Calovski (Skopje) 

Objects on Oil 
The Mustarinda Association has worked on the theme of the Helsinki Photography Biennial and built a section for the exhibition called Objects on Oil, which evaluates the changes in our concept of and relationship with nature from the viewpoints of archives, architecture, forest, and energy. Objects on Oil brings to the fore the fossil basis of human experience, economic activity, and industrialized societies more widely, and the breaks in our understanding related to this material foundation. 
The causal relationships between human actions and nonhuman objects, which in everyday life have been blurred to near-invisibility, will almost inevitably move from the margins of public discussion to the centre of societal development through climate change and the dismantling of the fossil economy. The works in the biennial participate in the identifying and experiential rebuilding of these connections. In addition, the articles in the biennial publication provide theoretical tools for the handling of the situation and for moving forward. 

Objects on Oil will be on show at The Finnish Museum of Photography and at the L3 warehouse in Jätkäsaari. It is in dialogue with the part of the Ecological Fallacy exhibition curated by Basak Senova. The Archive section of the exhibition features work by researcher of economic culture Paavo Järvensivu, researcher of literature Karoliina Lummaa, chief curator Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, and curator Sofia Lahti, both at The Finnish Museum of Photography. The Architecture section features works by architect Martti Kalliala and writer Jenna Sutela, Forest by artists Guy Ben-Ner and Ilkka Halso—and Energy by visual artists Jussi Kivi, DXXXA D, Antti Majava, Nestori Syrjälä, and philosopher Tere Vadén. 

The publication for HPB14 doubles as a special issue of Mustarinda magazine and develops the theme of the biennial. These topics are also discussed in the HPB14 Seminar organized on 29 March. 

HPB14 is generously supported by: Alfred Kordelin Foundation, British Council, Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of Sweden, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Frame Visual Art Finland, Ministry of Education and Culture, SAHA, Istanbul & The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland. 

Image: Jussi Kivi, Atmospheric Phenomena - 22 ° Circular Halo above the tank foundations from the series: Gardens & Theatrical Landscapes, 2013 © The Artist 

More information and photos: 
Tiina Salmia, Producer info@hpb.fi / +358 453045540 

Helsinki Photography Biennial / Union of Artist Photographers 
Yrjönkatu 8-10 (courtyard), FI – 00120 Helsinki

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